Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of
Nov. 14) as reported to the Massachusetts
Audubon Society.

A western grebe was photographed off Nauset Beach in Orleans. Continued sightings of the American white pelican at Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary and up to three western kingbirds at Fort Hill in Eastham. Cave swallows were reported from South Beach in Chatham, in keeping with the almost-expected November annual arrival of these Caribbean swallows.

An excellent flight of storm-driven seabirds was noted at First Encounter Beach in Eastham, during and immediately following the passage of the latest Nor’easter. The highlights included over 3,000 dovekies, numerous pomarine jaegers, 2 northern fulmars, hundreds of black-legged kittiwakes, a Sabine’s gull, a little gull, over 80 red phalaropes, Manx, great, and Cory’s shearwaters, Leach’s storm-petrels, 3 thick-billed murres, and a black guillemot.

The big incursion of various uncommon irruptive winter birds continues, with widespread reports of flocks of white-winged crossbills, lesser numbers of red crossbills, increasing numbers of common redpolls, more evening grosbeak reports than we have seen in many years, continuing widespread reports of pine siskins, and recent reports of 4 bohemian waxwings at High Head in Truro and 53 at Race Point in Provincetown.


Harlequin ducks were seen at Race Pont Beach as well as Provincetown Harbor this week. A black guillemot and a dovekie were also in the harbor.

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An Audubon’s yellow-rumped warbler was identified at High Head in Truro for the second time in recent weeks. Other highlights there included 2 greater scaup, 5 Virginia rails, 11 marsh wrens, 11 gray catbirds, 188 yellow-rumped warblers (plus the previously mentioned Audubon’s warbler), 6 purple finches, 10 red crossbills, 91 white-winged crossbills, 13 pine siskins, and 4 evening grosbeaks.

Other sightings around the Cape included 8 northern bobwhites and a blue-winged teal at Elbow Pond in Brewster, a late ruby-throated hummingbird in North Falmouth, 8 red knots and a clay-colored sparrow at Chapin Beach in Dennis, 3 red-necked grebes and 40 dovekies at Corporation Beach in Dennis, a great egret and an indigo bunting at Wellfleet Bay sanctuary, a blue-headed vireo and 4 eastern meadowlarks at Fort Hill in Eastham, a Baltimore oriole in North Truro, and a little gull in Provincetown.

For more information about bird sightings or
to report sightings, call the Massachusetts
Audubon Society at 781-259-8805 or go to